The On Ramp

The Blue Mountain Internet Customer Newsletter

 Issue # 69 July 2009 
Greetings from the Editor  by Carol Hall Art  by Gena Bybee
Freedom from Your Kitchen  by Rochelle Helms PictureFind  by Ruben Bybee
A Good Laugh  by Carol Hall WiFi Networks Equal Free ...  by Rebecca Sheridan
Is Bing the New Google?  by Mike Rochelle Crossword  by Mike Rochelle
WordFind  by Mike Rochelle Kudos  by Matt Stephens
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Greetings from the Editor
by Carol Hall

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Greetings to all of you! I hope you enjoy this edition "The On Ramp"! The theme for this month is Freedom.

"Freedom" this time of year tends to be of a patriotic nature, but there are many other types of "freedom" as well.  I have included newsletter articles covering different forms of enjoy!

If you have any suggestions, comments or questions, please email me at:

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by Gena Bybee

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Celebrate human diversity! With Freedom Hands and Freedom Hat Crafts you can help children think about the freedoms they enjoy, and remember the work of civil rights leaders and other freedoms: Freedom Hat Craft

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Freedom from Your Kitchen
by Rochelle Helms

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One of the best things about summer is being outside so, why stay inside to prepare meals?

In the South, I was taught to think of BBQ and grilling separately. BBQ consists of a few traditionally southern sides and pulled pork served with some sort of secret BBQ sauce. I still think of hushpuppies and greens when I hear the word bar-b-que. It has been around since the 1800s when people ate cooked pork and would get together with friends and family to have pig-pickins. It is said that this is how our current BBQ's started and has since evolved.

It's not just pulled pork anymore. (Now, you ask my relatives and they will tell you there is only one way bar-b-que, the rest is grilling). The truth is, if you can eat it, you can cook it on a grill. From desserts to steak, it can all be done outside on the open flame. Here's a link for desserts, but look around there is so much more to this site.

While I was searching for dessert recipes for the grill I found this:
BarbecueWeb  PIE! That's right, pie on the grill.

How does grilled Swiss cheese and Mushroom Bread, grilled Corn, Black Bean and Tomato Salad followed by a New York Steak with Blue Cheese Butter sound? You can find it all here:
Lesley Cooks

I have heard of deep frying Turkey, another specialty of my Grand-dad on Thanksgiving in Georgia, but look at this recipe for BBQ Turkey:
BBQ Turkey

There is not an unwritten law that says only meat can be grilled. I have a few friends that are vegetarian and found a link that is full of vegetarian and Lacto-ovo vegetarian recipes:
Vegetarian BBQ Recipes

So, don't stay in the kitchen while your family plays in the evening sun, take the kitchen outside. Enjoy your summer!

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by Ruben Bybee

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Congratulations to Bill H. of Westlake, OR for winning the drawing for the June 2009 Picturefind! Bill received a $25.00 credit on his BMI account! Please visit our July 2009 PictureFind.
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A Good Laugh
by Carol Hall

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Need a good laugh? Here are a couple of fun sites for a little 4th of July humor:

The Sunday Funnies
4th of July

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WiFi Networks Equal Freedom!
by Rebecca Sheridan

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More and more people are getting laptops these days and for good reason! The purpose of a laptop is to give you the ability to go where you want and still be able to use the computer.

However unless you have access to a Wi-Fi "hot spot" you will not be able to get online. A Wi-Fi Network at home will allow you to go anywhere in the house and still be online!

Setting up your own wireless network at home is quite simple, and involves purchasing a wireless router, and possibly wireless card(s) for your computer(s) 

Click the links to learn more. The last link provided is a product sold by BMI.
Geek Squad

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Is Bing the New Google?
by Mike Rochelle

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Bing comes to us from Microsoft as the next search engine for the future. At first this search engine appears to be simple, but taking a look into the features of this very powerful engine brings a smile to my face.

Bing can, like other search engines, scour the web for data, pictures, video, and a wide array of useful and useless data. It does this at speeds rivaling Google.

It also has a video feature that sets it prominently in the lead in my opinion. You click on videos, and then enter your search information. It then gives you thumbnails of videos meeting your criteria. You then can hover your mouse over each one, and begins to play that video in a small size complete with sound.

Bing has hundreds of shopping sites. Search their cashback sites for instant discounts. News is broken up into news, politics, sports, and other categories.

All in all, Bing will be around for a long time to come and give other search engines a run for their money

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by Mike Rochelle

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Congratulations to Ralph B. of Colorado Springs, CO for winning the drawing for the June 2009 Crossword! Ralph received a $25.00 credit on her BMI account!

. Please visit our July 2009 Crossword.
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by Mike Rochelle

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>Congratulations to Linda O. of Baker City WA for winning the drawing for the June 2009 Wordfind! Lnda received a $25.00 credit on her BMI account! Please visit our July 2009 Wordfind.
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by Matt Stephens

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"I just wanted to write a note telling y'all what wonderful service and people you have. I have been speaking with Michelle the last few days and I give her a wonderful review. I think she's great and she was patient and solved my problems. Here's to you BMI."
-Linda K., Baker City, OR

"Just a note to thank Matt for his excellent advice and help with the 2 questions I had regarding my account. You nearly lost a client but the resolution was so easy and his advice so great!! Many, Many thanks."
-Dottie F., Silverdale, WA

"Talking to my sister, who just got off the phone with your technical support, she couldn't be more pleased. Great service; helpful, quick resolution. We both know the positive comments don't always get through; we mostly hear from the unhappy. So I thought I'd let you know."
-Bob H., Tucson, AZ

"Thanks for the advice to uninstall McAfee program which I did not renew and I do not have virus protection. As soon as I uninstalled this program I was back and running with internet service. Bmi staff always have helped me get going again. You all ROCK at I'm going to check out some virus protection now. Satisfied customer."
-Janet M .,Tacoma, WA

"Hello! Multiple problems solved this week by Michelle and by Matt! Most excellent service, as usual-this is why we choose BMI. Blessings!"
-Robert T., Klamath Falls, OR

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